This is my version of oatmeal for when family is visiting. It’s uber healthy, like my everyday oatmeal, but made a bit more special. It makes company feel special too, and will start their day with whole grain, satisfying, goodness. And that’s a great way to start any day. Feel free to swap out the particular dried fruits and nuts suggested here, for what you and your guests prefer. Another nice feature of this dish is that it can be eaten like cereal, in a bowl topped with fruit and non-dairy milk, or eaten with a fork like a coffee cake with tea or coffee. It’s one recipe to serve different guests’ needs.
- 2 Tbs - chia seeds
- 6 Tbs - water
- 3 1/2 cups - rolled oats (regular, not instant)
- 1 tsp - ground cinnamon
- 1/3 cup - golden raisins
- 1/3 cup - dried apples, broken into bite-size pieces (we use Bare Fruit 100% Organic Bake-Dried Fuji Apples)
- 1/3 cup - chopped almonds
- 2 1/2 cups - soy milk, plain and unsweetened
- 1/2 tsp - vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 375 °F. Line a 9" square baking dish with parchment paper.
- Stir together the chia seeds and water. Set aside for about 5 minutes for the mixture to thicken.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the oats, cinnamon, raisins, dried apples, almonds, soy milk, and vanilla. Stir in the chia seed mixture and mix well. Spread into the prepared baking dish.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes, until the top is golden brown.
Make Ahead Tip: Consider making this Baked Oatmeal through the step of spreading the mixture into the baking dish, then cover and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, preheat the oven and bake. What better way for your guests to wake up than to the heavenly aroma of oats, fruits, and nuts baking in the oven.
Nutrition (per serving): 536 calories, 56% calories from carbohydrates, 16% calories from protein, 27% calories from fat, 16.2g fiber.